There is no gardener who doesn’t have at least one gardening book in the house. Books are a great source of inspiration, while they also work well for reference, regardless of whether you just want to improve knowledge or you seek for specific content. The way you choose a gardening book says something about your particular interest in this occupation.
The American Hort. Society’s A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is one great example of a very complete gardening book that could answer almost any question you may have related to plants. The disadvantage of such a publication is the very scientific content presentation, since most readers will prefer something accessible to the average user rather than complex and difficult to understand. Hence make sure to read some reviews, check the content and leaf the gardening book before buying it.
If you are just learning the basics of this occupation, then a general gardening book will be enough, at such a stage it is pointless to go into deep information about soil varieties, plant species and fertilizing. You can start your gardening apprenticeship with one or two beds and extend when your skills improve. You can make a garden larger the moment you have the skills and the experience to support it. Then, you will know when to read a more advanced gardening book to move to the next level.
Look for those publications with a decent photo coverage because you need details on seeds, roots, flowers and leaves. And once again we stress out the importance of previewing a book before buying it. Online orders may be tricky from this point of view, as you check little from one or two reviews. Instead of a very serious book you may just want to get a handbook that can help you put together garden containers.
The gardening sections of bookstores are normally organized on more detailed sections. And the same system is valid for online retailers. There are some in the basic categories and then, others in specialized classes: garden design, cultivation of perennials and annuals, soil preparation, hydroponics, aeroponics, greenhouse gardening and much more. Check every gardening books for photos and read a few lines here and there to make a general impression. Some publications are more comprehensive than others covering from 100 plants to 1,500+ species.